The 6-foot-2 Ennis will “look at all avenues and take everything into account to make sure he understands all options and the pros and cons to a decision like this and then he will decide,” the source said.
Ennis had made so many clutch baskets for Syracuse all season, and in this game, too, he carried them to the brink of a dramatic victory, scoring their last 11 points of the game. But the freshman from Brampton, Ontario missed the final two jumpers of his freshman season — a 15-footer that would’ve put the Orange ahead and a 3-point attempt that might’ve won it — and the Orange ended their season suddenly and stunningly, falling to Dayton, 55-53, in a second-round South Region game at First Niagara Center.
“It felt good when it left my hands,” Ennis said quietly in a corner of the Syracuse locker room of the 3-point shot. To read more of this story, click here
“Yeah, I watched the game, I watched almost the whole game,” Boeheim said. “Honestly, it’s probably the only team in the country I haven’t seen play this year. I don’t know how I missed them. Just watching them play, I thought they were a better team.
“I didn’t think this was like Duke playing bad or anything like that. Whoever is playing Mercer is in trouble. That’s what I think. Inside guard play, big guys. I just think they’re just a really good team. To read more of this story, click here
BUFFALO — Anybody who’s watched Syracuse over the course of this season knows that a confident and effective Trevor Cooney can mean the difference between winning and losing.
It’s probably no coincidence that Cooney’s late-season struggles coincided with the Orange losing five of their final seven games.
Since draining 11-of-15 shots for 33 points in a win over Notre Dame on Feb. 3, Cooney hadn’t made more than four field goals in a game. The Orange went 5-5 during that span.
In starting the season 25-0, Cooney made four or more field goals 15 times. To read more of this story, click here
BUFFALO — When the Syracuse basketball team walked out to practice on the floor of the HSBC Arena Wednesday afternoon, one particularly vocal Syracuse fan yelled from the stands, “Yo, Ennis. Shine, dude shine.”
Carlton Hickey is a former public safety officer at Syracuse and said he wants to see freshman point guard Tyler Ennis step up and be more aggressive in what could be his lone NCAA Tournament run with the Orange.
“I think he’s a helluva talent and he’s going to the NBA and I just want him to not be timid on the road to the Final Four because they need him to just step up and be a man about it,” Hickey, who has no inside information about Ennis’ future plans, told SNY.tv from his courtside seat. To read more of this story, click here
“There’s not just that much difference between the teams,” Boeheim said here in advance of No. 3 Syracuse facing No. 14 Western Michigan in a South Region game Thursday. “That’s why I was impressed so much with Michigan State. They didn’t just win the [Big Ten] tournament, they dominated the tournament. That’s the difference. To read more of this story, click here
“It happens, it happens,” Anthony said of the Orange, who have lost five of their last seven games after a 25-0 start. “They’ll bounce back.”
Asked if Syracuse — now projected as a 3 seed — can cut down the nets in North Texas, Anthony said “Without a doubt, I got them to win it. I’m picking them to win it.”
Anthony led Syracuse to its only previous NCAA championship as a freshman in 2003.
While fellow ACC newcomers Mike Brey and Jamie Dixon seem to be excited about entering their first ACC Tournament, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn’t exactly sound fired up about going down to Greensboro, N.C. later this week
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of the tournament,” Boeheim, whose team is seeded No. 2 and opens play on Friday after a double-bye, said Monday on a conference call. “All that’s important when you play in a tournament is that they have a basketball court and an arena, and they’ve got that in Greensboro so we’re looking forward to the competition there.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement there, Jim. To read more of this story, click here
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Chris McCullough hopes Tyler Ennis will return to Syracuse next year to be his point guard.
And the 6-foot-10 McCullough thinks it will happen, too.
“I’m pretty sure, I think he’s staying,” McCullough told SNY.tv after putting up 8 points as IMG Academy lost to St. Thomas More, 93-86, in the National Prep Championship semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College.
“I talked to him last week and he said he’s still thinking about it. He didn’t make a decision yet. But hopefully he stays.” To read more of this story, click here
For much of this season it seemed virtually inevitable that Syracuse would secure the No. 1 seed in the East and would be lined up to play as many as four straight NCAA Tournament games without leaving New York State.
But that was before the Orange lost three of their last four games — to Boston College, Duke and Virginia — to tumble to No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Although the Orange have lost the ACC regular-season title to Virginia, they are still expected to challenge for the ACC tournament title — along with No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia and No. 14 North Carolina. To read more of this story, click here